Thursday, April 08, 2010

French Press cacahu├Ętes pourpres slippers...

How could I resist? I am a francophile after all. I was sucked in by all the hype on Ravelry and all the pictures of the beautiful slippers. I wanted to make my Mom a nice pair of cute slippers for Christmas, so I bought the pattern and cast on.


Then the first problem reared it's fuzzy purple head. My Mom's feet are bigger than mine. Not having her around to try them on during the felting process was problematic. I made my dear hubby try them, and then my younger sister. Nothing like begging family to try on wet stinky slippers!


Hmmmm, these are My Man's legs and not my sisters in case you were wondering : ) It was hard to determine when to stop the felting.








Here is the first pair- sans button band. I cannot account for the difference between the two slippers, but you can see, the first finished pair was way too shallow by the heel! It just would not stay on her foot. Seems simply adding rows to make the foot bed longer for larger sizes leads to a shallow fit. : (

As much as my Mom said they were perfect, I could see they weren't!


Too shallow!

So, I started on the second pair, and made all sorts of modifications to make the fit better....well, who knew that by changing them soooo very much, the "cute" factor went would go out the window????



Before the button band was sewn on, they looked like giant purple peanuts...which would be "cacahu├Ętes pourpres" in french....still sounds cute!


Nannio says she likes them and they don't slip off- success. I hope she puts some "tread" on the bottom soon so that I won't feel too guilty if she slips wearing her french scuffs!

So, I am among the few who have these as an UGH! on Ravelry. I may try them again, after all, it could be part pattern, part felting process and part yarn to blame, with felting, no one really knows for sure...that's the fun of it : )



Details:
Yarn- Woolpack from NZ- at the bottom of the stash
Pattern- French Press Slippers
Needles- size 11
Buttons- made in Italy

Ravelry posting....